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Lion’s Mane

Lion's Mane mushroom

Hericium erinaceus, also known as Lion’s Mane, Bearded Tooth, Satyr’s Beard, Bearded Hedgehog, H. erinaceus, Pom Pom mushroom, 猴头菇, 猴頭菇, Monkey Head mushroom, Yamabushitake, 山伏茸, Mountain Priest, Deer Tail, is a mushroom of the Agaricomycetes class. It is an eatable mushroom.

Hericium erinaceus has long a history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. A 2005 rat study showed some compounds in the mushroom, like threitol, D-arabinitol, and palmitic acid, may have antioxidant effects, regulate blood lipid levels and reduce blood glucose levels. Furthermore, a report reveals that pills of this mushroom are used in the treatment of gastric ulcers and esophageal carcinoma. Additionally, a 2011 study on rats demonstrates the mushroom’s wound healing capacities.

A 2012 study on rats that had suffered brain injury showed that “daily oral administration of H. erinaceus could promote the regeneration of injured rat peroneal nerve in the early stage of recovery.” More recently and more relevant to human use, is a 2013 review of scientific studies, which asserted the medical benefits of the mushroom by saying “This mushroom is rich in some physiologically important components, especially β-glucan polysaccharides, which are responsible for anti-cancer, immuno-modulating, hypolipidemic, antioxidant and neuro-protective activities of this mushroom. H. erinaceus has also been reported to have anti-microbial, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, wound healing properties among other therapeutic potentials.”

A 2014 scientific review on the therapeutic effects of H. erinaceus concluded that “it is helpful to various diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, immunoregulatory, and many types of cancer.” Considering the increase of degenerative conditions, scientists around the world have launched investigations on the possible anti-dementia benefits of using Lion’s Mane.

As of 2017, we believe the best place to buy Lion’s Mane as a dietary supplement is Mushroom Remedy.

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Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) may be used to improve your health from the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer treatment
    • Stomach cancer
    • Esophagus cancer
    • Skin cancer
  • Depression
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Nerve damage due to injuries
  • Sarcoma

Lion’s Mane can also be used for:

  • Gastroprotective Effects
  • Immunostimulant
  • Improve memory
  • Antioxidant
  • Regulates glucose
  • Manage triglycerides
  • Manage cholesterol (mostly LDL) blood levels

Side effects for Hericium erinaceus:

  • No known side effects reported

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Hericium erinaceus References:

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Hypoglycemic effect of extract of Hericium erinaceus

Jinn Chyi Wang, Shu Hui Hu, Jih Terng Wang, Ker Shaw Chen, Yi Chen Chia Abstract Recent studies have determined that many types of mushroom […]

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Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr) Pers. cultivated under tropical conditions: isolation of hericenones and demonstration of NGF-mediated neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells via MEK/ERK and PI3K-Akt signaling pathways

Chia-Wei Phan, Guan-Serm Lee, Sok-Lai Hong, Yuin-Teng Wong, Robert Brkljača, Sylvia Urban, Sri Nurestri Abd Malek and Vikineswary Sabaratnam Abstract Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. is an edible […]

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Bioactive Substances in Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. (Yamabushitake), and Its Medicinal Utilization

Takashi Mizuno Abstract Since a cultivation technique applied on the fungus bed, using bags and bottles, was established recently in Japan, together with a cultivating […]

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Anticancer potential of Hericium erinaceus extracts against human gastrointestinal cancers

Li G, Yu K, Li F, Xu K, Li J, He S, Cao S, Tan G Abstract ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Hericium is a genus of mushrooms […]

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Composition and Mechanism of Antitumor Effects of Hericium erinaceus Mushroom Extracts in Tumor-Bearing Mice

Sung Phil Kim, Mi Young Kang, Jae Ho Kim, Seok Hyun Nam, and Mendel Friedman Abstract We investigated antitumor effects of the following four extracts […]

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Immunological study on the antitumor effects of fungus polysaccharides compounds

dieLiu C, Gao P, Qian J, Yan W Abstract Fungus polysaccharides compounds (FPC) are the mixture of procyanidins oligomers, glycyrrhetinicacid and polysaccharides of Hericium erinaceus, […]

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Functional Recovery Enhancement Following Injury to Rodent Peroneal Nerve by Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae)

Kah-Hui Wong, Murali Naidu, Rosie Pamela David, Mahmood Ameen Abdulla, Noorlidah Abdullah, Umah Rani Kuppusamy & Vikineswary Sabaratnam Abstract Peripheral nerve injury represents a huge […]

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Reduction of depression and anxiety by 4 weeks Hericium erinaceus intake

Nagano M, Shimizu K, Kondo R, Hayashi C, Sato D, Kitagawa K, Ohnuki K Abstract Hericium erinaceus, a well known edible mushroom, has numerous biological […]

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Hypolipidemic effect of an Exo-biopolymer produced from a submerged mycelial culture of Hericium erinaceus

Yang BK, Park JB, Song CH Abstract The hypolipidemic effect of an exo-biopolymer produced from a submerged mycelial culture of Hericium erinaceus was investigated in […]

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Protective Effects of Hericium erinaceus Mycelium and Its Isolated Erinacine A against Ischemia-Injury-Induced Neuronal Cell Death via the Inhibition of iNOS/p38 MAPK and Nitrotyrosine

Kam-Fai Lee, Jiann-Hwa Chen, Chih-Chuan Teng, Chien-Heng Shen, Meng-Chiao Hsieh, Chien-Chang Lu, Ko-Chao Lee, Li-Ya Lee, Wan-Ping Chen, Chin-Chu Chen, Wen-Shih Huang, and Hsing-Chun Kuo […]

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